Choices

 

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like had you made different choices in the past?  How does our present reflect the choices we made in the past?  What if you had skipped that event, answered that phone call, studied harder or reached out to that hurting person?  It is amazing how seemingly insignificant events can literally change the course of one’s life.

 

Like us, Paul was continually making choices.  In Acts 22, Paul recounts one particular moment in which a choice saved his life.

 

Now it happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance and saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not receive your testimony concerning Me.’ (Acts 22:17-18)

 

Paul chose to go to the temple to pray.  He could have chosen to go to the local coffee shop or work out at the gym.  But, he chose prayer.  That choice gave God the opportunity to warn him to flee Jerusalem.  What if Paul had not chosen to pray that day?  That small choice may have changed Paul’s future forever.

 

Our lives are constructed of choices.  There is nothing wrong with coffee shops and gyms, but can you see that every choice you make has the potential to change the direction of your life?

 

To be led by the Spirit means listening to the Spirit as you make choices.  Being sensitive to the voice of God is the path of victorious life.  Many of our struggles are the result of choosing to do our own thing and not allowing Him to lead us.

 

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. (Isa. 30:21)

Barry Bennett